South Africa, and the Cape Town area and its surrounds in particular, was all the rage in the early to mid-2000s and we enjoyed countless trips to this spectacular country with a wide variety of clients. It all then went a little quiet, as did most incentive travel to be honest, into the late 2000s but these things come in waves and already in 2015 we’ve had a raft of clients wanting to find out more about travel to South Africa again.
The appeal is clear and the winter sunshine and minor time difference from the UK but these days it is a road well travelled and one key element of the programmes we put together is creating that element of excitement and uniqueness and in this regard Namibia has masses to offer a cross sell alternative.
The country itself is celebrating its 25 birthday this year and its quickly made a name for itself regarding sustainable tourism and conservation (the environment is protected within its constitution) making it a an excellent option for eco-minded travellers.
So what does Namibia offer? It’s all about unique desert landscapes, mountains, wildlife and of course its people. Nearly 20% of the whole country is protected as part of designated nature reserves or parks. It houses the world’s largest numbers of black rhino and cheetahs and a growing number of lions and giraffes. The iconic Namibian photo is taken atop a red sand dune after a short climb in Etosha National Park.
Highlights for corporate groups include:
- Self-drive safaris with the western area of Etosha National Park now open for this purpose
- Low altitude flight safari over the Skeleton Coast
- Night time big game viewing at a flood lit waterhole
You won’t get the big bity buzz available in South Africa nor will the hotels and dining options be quite so glamorous or indulgent but what you will get is an adventure in a unique and inspiring country that will be talked about for many years to come…….. the outcome of any successful incentive travel programme.
Although there are no current direct flights from the UK Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, it is still easy to get to from regional hubs throughout the UK with a one stop flight meaning, if you are happy to do so, your travellers can likely fly from their local airport with (most likely) a brief stop off in Frankfurt.